Manchester United will go head to head against their cross-town rivals Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League. This will be the 182nd Derby and United has won twice against our bitter rivals this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes that Harry Maguire will be fit enough for the clash with City. But he isn’t sure if he’ll feature in this match.
“Well he’s touch and go because he rolled his ankle in training, but hopefully, he’ll recover quickly.” Ole told reporters at Pride Park in his pre-match press-conference to preview the City clash.
“I wasn’t going to rest him today, I didn’t give him a day off birthday-wise but I hope he’ll be fit.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are also doubtful after missing the trip to Pride Park. When asked whether the pair would be fit for Sunday’s test, Solskjaer said it was too early to call.
“I hope so, yes, but none of them have been training yet since the last game, so we’ve got to look at them on Saturday probably because tomorrow is a recovery day.”
Solskjaer hinted post match that Odion Ighalo could be in his plans for the weekend after he notched a brace against the Rams.
If Maguire doesn’t make a recovery in time for the weekend, although Eric Bailly played at Derby, Axel Tuanzebe is also an option for the manager.
Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Lee Grant are still sidelined for the Reds.
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The Blues had a question mark over Kevin De Bruyne’s involvement due to a back problem and influential defender Aymeric Laporte is sidelined with a hamstring strain.
Winger Leroy Sane, who has not featured for the first team this term after a knee injury, made his comeback in an Under-23’s fixture with Arsenal. recently.
Pep Guardiola revealed on Friday that De Bruyne “feels better”, so the Belgian should start, but Sane will not be rushed back this weekend.
Phil Foden is pushing for inclusion with Guardiola saying:
“He’s ready and he has to be ready. Next games, he is going to play.”
Top scorer Sergio Aguero seems to have shrugged off a niggle as he netted the only goal in the Emirates FA Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
In our previous three meetings this season United has the 2-1 edge. Both our victories came at the Etihad stadium. City came out on top at Old Trafford in January and are seeking a fourth consecutive league win at the Theatre of Dreams.
The referee is Mike Dean and the game is at 16:30 GMT in the UK. In the US it will be at 12:30pm ET and you can see the match on NBC. You can get live radio commentary at MUTV.